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Fuelled by the Past


Fuelled by the Past

With an elite team of content creators at Triumph Motorcycles, Grant Evans rides the latest and greatest out into the world’s most impressive terrains in pursuit of good adventure – yet the daily runaround is a lovingly-restored 1969 Triumph TR6C.

Why restore a classic motorbike?

My deep affection for the brand. I’m a Triumph enthusiast, and fortunate enough to get to ride some of the most advanced bikes in the world. Being constantly surrounded by the latest Triumph models in my daily life, I find that the classic bike offers a unique and invaluable sense of disconnection from the modern world. The raw, pared-back, nostalgic experience that a classic motorcycle provides is something I truly cherish. There’s a special joy in starting up the TR6 on a sunny Sunday morning and embarking on a leisurely ride through picturesque lanes, it’s a feeling that simply cannot be replicated.


What makes the 1969 TR6C so special?

The 1969 Triumph TR6C holds a special place in the realm of classic motorcycles, particularly for me. It represents the sweet spot in Triumph’s classic line-up. One standout aspect is the unit engine. Being one of the later pre-OIF (Oil-in-Frame) models, Triumph had the entire 1960s to refine and perfect the TR6.

Additionally, I love the stripped-back styling that was characteristic of the USA export versions. The small fuel tank and wide handlebars give the TR6C (Competition) a distinctive and Desert Sled appearance that resonated with me. It makes me feel like Steve McQueen… who doesn’t want that?

Grant Evans and the original Triumph 1963-1969 workshop manual he used to restore his Triumph TR6C

Who were the key players that helped you with the restoration?

Two amazing chaps; Nick Wilson and Roy Shilling. Both retired and with extensive backgrounds as long-standing Triumph employees, they’ve proven to be indispensable mentors! Their knowledge of classic Triumph motorcycles is unparalleled.

From teaching me the art of carburettor rebuilding to assisting in sourcing the exact and authentic parts required for the restoration, Nick and Roy have been invaluable in every aspect of this project. I owe a significant portion of the success of this build to their extensive experience and support.


What is it about motorcycles and where does the passion come from?

My dad is also in the motorcycle industry, so I practically grew up surrounded by all things motorcycle related. I have vivid memories of wandering around the BSB paddock at Donnington together.

Interestingly, I didn’t catch the motorcycle bug until later in life. It wasn’t until I started working as a graphic designer at a creative agency and Harley Davidson became one of our clients, that my motorcycle passion got reignited. This was around the time when the custom bike scene in the UK was booming and the whole motorcycle culture was changing. It was less about how fast you could go and more about the lifestyle and customization. That’s when I knew I was hooked, and the rest is history.

Of all your two-wheeled adventures, is there a moment or place that most stands out?

One journey that stands out was a trip we took to South Africa in 2019 on a campaign shoot for the Triumph Tiger 900. The adventure spanned three weeks and many miles, beginning in Cape Town and taking us on an unforgettable ride northward.

Our destination was the Tankwa Karoo National Park, and spending a week riding through the desert landscape remains the highlight for me. The vast and awe-inspiring desert terrain provided an extraordinary backdrop for our adventure, making it a truly memorable trip! 


What’s been the most rewarding part of the restoration?

The opportunity to immerse myself in the rich history of the Triumph brand. Having been a part of the family for nearly eight years, delving into this heritage has filled me with a sense of pride. I feel like I’m not only preserving history but also contributing to it in my own unique way.


Who would win, your 1969 TR6C or my 1970 Daytona?

A great question. I guess there’s only one way to find out!

Grant documents many of his adventures with Triumph and restoration projects on his instagram channel

Our destination was the Tankwa Karoo National Park, and spending a week riding through the desert landscape remains the highlight for me.